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Publisher's Summary

Brando is perpetually fascinating, both for the power of the characters he portrayed and for his tumultuous personal life. Best-selling biographer Stefan Kanfer seamlessly intertwines the man and the work to give us the fullest and most illuminating appraisal yet. Kanfer takes us from Brando's troubled childhood to his arrival in New York in the 1940s, where he studied with the legendary Stella Adler and became, at age 23, the star of Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire. He looks at each of Brando's films, offering a detailed analysis of the performances that shows the evolution of Brando's singular genius. He brings into focus Brando's self-destructiveness, his ambivalence toward his craft, and the tragedies that shadowed his last years. What emerges is a definitive life of an iconic artist whose work forever altered the landscape of his craft.
©2008 Stefan Kanfer (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Kanfer skillfully weaves in Broadway and Hollywood history, and his behind-the-scenes analysis of Brando's films will send you running to rent the classics, the reluctantly acknowledged cult favorites and even the bombs. An inspiring, depressing, riveting story. ( Kirkus Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By sav on 10-20-16

Well researched and good narration

Worth the credit, even if you already known a lot about Marlon Brando.
Lots of detail.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By A. Garofalo on 02-20-14

so boring, made me not like brando

I could hardly get through this. WOW. Marlon Brando is better left however you think of him in your head. I'm not sure if it's the book or that he and his life is just uninteresting and depressing. I feel like at the end of the book I despised Marlon Brando. Perhaps that was what the author was trying to make me feel, but it was a struggle to finish this book.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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